Ari Kelman - From Manassas to Minnesota: How the Civil War Bled into the Indian Wars

American Political History
Event date: 
February 25, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Ari Kelman
McCabe Greer Professor of the American Civil War Era, Penn State University
Matthew Karp
Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University
Seminar Series: 
American Political History Seminar
Co-Sponsored by: 
The Department of History, the Program in American Studies, and the Woodrow Wilson School of International Politics

"From Manassas to Minnesota: How the Civil War Bled into the Indian Wars"

Ari Kelman, McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University

There is a pre-circulated paper for this seminar. The paper is password protected. Please email Jennifer Loessy at or call 609-258-5893 for the password.

Ari Kelman is the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University, where he teaches a wide range of courses, including on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the politics of memory, environmental history, Native American history, and America in the 1960s.  He is the author, most recently, of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (Hill and Wang, 2015), as well as A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard University Press, 2013), recipient of the Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award, the Avery O. Craven Award, the Bancroft Prize, the Tom Watson Brown Book Award, and the Robert M. Utley Prize, and A River and Its City:  The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (University of California Press, 2003), which won the Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize.

Kelman’s essays and articles have appeared in Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, the Journal of Urban History, The Journal of American History, and many others. Kelman has also contributed to outreach endeavors aimed at K-12 educators, and to a variety of public history projects, including documentary films for the History Channel and PBS’s American Experience series.  He has received numerous grants and fellowships, most notably from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library.  He is now working on a book tentatively titled, For Liberty and Empire: How the Civil War Bled into the Indian Wars.

Organized by Professors Kevin M. Kruse and Julian Zelizer, the American Political History seminar serves as a forum for scholars interested in American political history, broadly defined. Based in the Department of History, the seminar brings together faculty and graduate students from across campus for an exchange of ideas and an exploration of cutting-edge work in this resurgent field. The seminar offers Princeton graduate students a chance to meet with pre-eminent scholars working in American political history and discuss their works in progress.

Area of Interest: 
Native American
Political History
War & Society
United States
19th Century